The best method for learning languages!
Learning languages is not easy for most people! But there are exceptions. For some people, learning languages is almost natural. But, usually, it is a long process that involves discipline, time, focus and a lot of persistence.
There are many theories about language learning. There are also many companies trying to make easy money with “miraculous” methodologies. Now language learners have many free and non-free resources and materials at their disposal, including books, E-learning platforms, grammar lessons, conversation classes, games, and “tandem” exchanges. The available resources are many and varied and often of good quality.
The main difficulty nowadays is deciding how to spend your precious time and your precious money. Hopefully this article will help you decide on the best option!
There are numerous language learning methodologies, but we will focus our analysis on three
- Classic method
2. Conversation method (simple)
3. Lisbon Language Cafe Method
1. Classic method
Essentially grammar classes in groups. The language schools that defend this methodology do it for economical reasons. Profitability is very high when it is possible for schools to have 10, 15 or more students in the same class (paying only one teacher).
Our opinion on this method:
– They cover a great amount of grammatical content
– Effective to obtain qualification certificates in languages (although
certifications often do not mean fluency)
– Few opportunities to talk.
– It is very difficult (almost impossible) to consolidate skills without talking.
2. Conversation method (simple)
– Conversation classes in small groups or individual classes without grammatical objectives.
Advocates of this method of conversation often pose the following question:
– “Do you know someone who can speak a second language fluently solely through the applied study of the grammatical rules of that language?”
The answer to this question is probably … No!
In fact, studying the rules of different languages gives students a perspective on the rules and matrix of that language. But such knowledge does NOT mean fluency!
Our opinion on this method of conversation:
– Great exposure to language. Many people can consolidate skills without any grammatical guidance.
– Without understanding the grammatical structures, the process of acquiring skills may be slower.
3. Lisbon Language Café Method
Make your initial assessment, set the syllabus and communicate in the language you want to improve!
Then, learn it gradually during the lessons and make the grammatical progression through CONVERSATION. Correct the most relevant errors.
You’ll have space and time to communicate without pressure and constraints.
The grammatical progression (students A2, B1 and B2) is made by itself at home (with our didactic materials). In class we take time to TALK!
In each lesson we approach one or more topics and in every session you will learn new words and expressions that will enrich your knowledge in that subject area that will be under discussion! But our conversation is GUIDED! It is organized according to your grammatical knowledge (and your progress!). This is the methodology of Lisbon Language Café!
To be fluent in a different language, you must be exposed to the language!
It is necessary to listen repeatedly to the sounds of words and above all … to speak! Even though there may be many grammatical errors in the beginning, your continued exposure to the language will gradually make the language intuitively meaningful!
The world has changed, but it seems that language teaching in many language schools remains confined to filling out work sheets and learning grammatical rules.
Come experience our method through an experimental lesson and draw your own conclusions!
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